You can’t drain the swamp without shutting off its wellsprings.
Disaffected veterans were the core of a group that would grow to millions, their “faith” in government and the people who ran it obliterated by its repeated failures and lies. Revolutions dawn when an appreciable number of the ruled realize their rulers are intellectual and moral inferiors. The mainstream media is filled with vituperative, patronizing, and insulting explanations of what’s “behind” the Trump phenomenon. It all boils down to revulsion with the self-anointed, incompetent, pretentious, hypocritical, corrupt, prevaricating elite that presumes to rule this country. It is, in a word, inferior to the populace on the other side of the yawning chasm, the ones they have patronized and insulted for decades, and the other side knows it.
“Much More Than Trump,” SLL, 3/12/16
The election represented a triumph, after decades of mockery and defeat, of a voting bloc Donald Trump identified, validated, and vindicated.
Repudiating the elite and its supporting institutions—government and all its rackets, the media, academia, Hollywood—is the necessary first step to reversing America’s full-speed-ahead plunge into a Grand Canyon-size ditch. It has ruled America badly and corruptly, lining its pockets while maintaining its phony pose of moral and intellectual superiority. Trump is the decent besieged’s desperate call for a U-turn before the reigning establishment leaves the country smashed on the canyon floor.
Understandably, Trump’s supporters have celebrated their victory, basked in the establishment’s discomfiture, and mocked their foes. That a less-than-zero like Hillary Clinton could gain her party’s nomination (although she might not have if she hadn’t cheated), gain the endorsement of virtually everyone that “mattered,” and even win the popular vote (if the count is to be believed) gave Trump’s side plenty of targets and material.
Clinton and friends also gave Trump plenty of targets and material for investigations and legal proceedings. As SLL concluded in “The Rout Is On,” Trump has turned the tables. Russiagate fizzles while Uranium One, Fusion GPS, FBI favoritism, and Clinton’s emails and foundation sizzle. Last week, a judge ordered Fusion GPS to turn over all it’s banking records. It was learned the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department reopened its investigation into Clinton’s emails. The FBI’s Freedom of Information Act officer said that every memo former FBI director James Comey leaked to a Columbia law professor was classified.
SLL has suggested, there won’t be a general swamp draining because Trump’s primary motivation is the acquisition of power. He will prosecute establishment criminality in some cases while using the threat as leverage against those who are useful to him in their present positions. That may explain why the Clintons and Comey are in the most legal jeopardy: they no longer have positions or power. Their prosecutions and convictions would be enormous victories for Trump, electrifying his base and further demoralizing the absurdly named resistance.
However, it would be a pleasant surprise to see Trump and team go after the entire swamp, offering welcome evidence that SLL’s hypothesis concerning Trump’s motives may be off base.
There’s an old adage in the securities business: you’re only as good as your last trade. It’s laudable and essential that Trump has his enemies on the run, especially if it leads to a swamp draining. That said, the next steps involve identifying the intellectual wellsprings that feed the swamp and taking the steps necessary to halt the flow. If those steps aren’t taken, the swamp will be half refilled by the time Trump’s helicopter reaches Andrews Air Force Base on his last day in office.
As long as Washington is a $4 trillion honey pot, as long as it sticks its nose in every important activity and business, as long as intervenes anywhere it wants around the globe, for whatever reason, it will be a swamp. Money and power feed the swamp. To not address the sophistries justifying that flow means that regardless of how successful Trump is, new swamp vermin will quickly replace the old.
The word “conservative” implies conserving something. What conservatives conserve, as well as nourish and profit from, is the ever-expanding federal government. Conservatives think small: a little less or a little more. A little less taxes, regulation, and welfare, a little more defense spending and foreign intervention. Fewer liberals in power, more conservatives. Republican presidents and Republican-controlled congresses have come and gone as the swamp has relentlessly grown. The current Republican president and congress have even managed to conserve Obamacare.
Looking at the mess Washington has made of America and the rest of the world, what would any rational, honest person want to conserve? Wouldn’t it be better just to blow the whole thing up and start all over? Isn’t that what’s necessary if you want not just to drain the swamp, but keep it drained?
Even as an intellectual exercise, ‘blowing the whole thing” up means asking questions that few ask. Why should the US be the world’s policeman? Does regulation do anything other than protect entrenched interests? By what right does the government steal from the productive? By what right does it burden future generations with trillions in debt and “entitlement” promises? Are central banking and fiat debt anything more than fraud and theft? Why should government have any role in the issuance of “money,” when it has every incentive to debase it? Do people have a right to keep what they earn, and in stores of value of their own choosing? Do people have the right to control their own lives? Are they to be forever tyrannized by government?
Both teams declared these issues settled long ago. Yet, as long as these issues are “settled,” so is the swamp, regardless of the progress Trump might make temporarily draining it. And as long as these issues are “settled,” so too is America’s impending plunge into the ditch.
Excellent musings Robert!
In my humble opinion the short answer is Trump is probably just a detour…there will never be a U Turn unless:
1. The control, power, greed, and internationally connected plans, schemes and pure evil of the globalists Central Bankers, starting with the FED, are broken.
2. Term Limits are shoved down the throats of the ruling class mouthpieces Them the Fools elect term after term after term after term.
Can a NY (New Netherlands) Real Estate/TV Reality Mogul pull a metamorphism into a final act as a modern day Andrew Jackson?
Can Yankeedom, New Netherlands,Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, The Far West, The Midlands The Deep South EL Norte The Left Coast and New France hold it together? During the crescendo of the 4th Turning we are in….
I doubt it.
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Right on Robert!
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Robert, how are you, well I hope.
Let you know you might have a troll in the WP operating system shadow banning you your commenter’s.
I for one have not been able to post a comment on your blog since this one I’m using to communicate with you.
FYI, I’m shadow banned from a whole bunch of blogs and comment systems. Its been going on since 2007 just before obama was installed. Even had the FBI back then involved in a hacking which the originating IP Adress was in the executive wing of the White House. I was writing as an invited citizen journalist for a few on line publications. Needless to say the FBI was ordered off the hack attacks, but before saying good by they let myself, my editor, and the Senior VP of Hughes Net operations North America in Texas.
They also shut down the dissident news blog I posted most of my pieces on, thru threatening the host servers with loss of operating license if they refused to dump us.
My reason for telling you this is I’m accustomed to being shadow banned, WordPress is undergoing convergence by cultural marxists. Hughes IT Department was infested with O-bots and agent provocateurs. The Sen VP was blood spitting pissed off when she was informed of the IT trolls she had working in her Satellite comms dept. Thats how they hacked thru my computer and gain real time access to our papers WordPress based publication system.
I am pretty tuned to when I’m being watched. I wrote some very inflamatory pieces about Obam’a associations and roots beginning in the late 50’s with those who would go on to figure prominently with his installation as usurper, along with various associates, of the united states.
Back then in 2006 it was still readily obtainable the historical record of the marxists and their agenda to strop this here republic. Most of if not all of this history has gone down the big memory hole.
They actually sent 2 black and 1 spanish leg breaker versions of Obama’s “Organizing for America” actors to intimidate me, or maybe worse. I wasn’t in the mood for that bullshit, especially my wife could be at risk. That shit don’t go down with me. I worked up and over on their flanks as they where trying to get inside my house, and outflanked the fuckers. Had them dead to rights. You never seen three leg breakers so scared. I gave them 3 seconds to get in their government van, told them next time bring fucking tanks. Everyone you got. Because your never leaving this ridge I live on.
Been a lot of months since they been blocking me from comment sections. Lately they been at it again.
Like I said, its no big deal for me, but you might like to know if its going down.
Just figure you might like a heads up. I may not be the only banned visitor to your excellent blog.
Keep up the great job Robert!
Thank you for bringing that to my attention. There is one other commentor who says he’s been blocked. I’ll talk to WordPress tomorrow about it.
“Are they to be forever tyrannized by government?”
(Frantically waving hand) Ooh, ooh, …ooh!; I know, I know!
I know the answer to this one. Pick me. Pick me!
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The chair recognizes Yuri.
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“Are they to be forever tyrannized by government?”
Umm, … I think the answer is … “yes”?
That is, … I … uhh, …. no, … I’m sure.
“Yes”. The answer is “yes”.
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Excellent Assessment, Robert!!! Very Well Done.
just another phony site of moderation/censorship
i believe the way and manner Trump enticed his base is and was a clue.
He ran by dangling the Pride carrot, the “Make America Great Again” etc.
The $$$ carrot.
i suppose many politicians do this. This is why we should beware, and aware.
The remarks about the swamp are spot-on.
But you have confused, hopelessly and wrongly, the GOP, with actual conservatism, and done a grave disservice to the truth in trying to rhetorically conflate either one with the other. (The Venn circles overlap to some degree, but they are not and never were anything like 1:1 correspondence. You’re evidently old enough to remember the internal GOP battles over either/both Goldwater and Reagan, so you ought to know better, or else educate yourself appropriately.)
It’s either a mistake due to epic confusion, or deliberate misstatement of the facts, and I can’t say which; but either way, it undermines your entire premise, and makes the conclusion risible.
You’re capable of better analysis than that.
Perhaps you can enlighten me. Just provide what you believe to be the conservative answers to the questions in the second to last paragraph. Highlight those answers you believe to be different between “actual” conservatives and standard issue Republicans. For those answers that are different, please tell us which prominent, “actual” conservatives are answering in the way you are indicating, and what said conservatives have done in furtherance of those answers. My problem is that while I have some idea what “actual” conservatives say they believe, I get quite confused when I look at what I presume “actual” conservatives, and they’re generally Republicans, have actually done. The two are often not one and the same. Goldwater was before my time, but I do remember Reagan. He talked the same game as virtually all Republicans, or conservatives if you want to put him in that bucket, but by the time he left office the government–especially the military–and its debt were larger. Your clarification will be invaluable.
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